WHITE CENTER CRIME WATCH: Robbery charge filed in ‘shoplift gone bad’

If a shoplifting incident turns violent, it becomes a robbery in the eyes of the law. And that’s why the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a charge of second-degree robbery against a man who allegedly tried to steal a bottle of water from Saar’s Super Saver Foods in White Center. Court documents say it happened Friday evening, May 23, when a store employee confronted 44-year-old Brandon L. Wilson about hiding the water bottle in his pants. Police say Wilson then hit the employee in the face and pushed him down while trying to get away. He was detained and 911 was called; deputies arrested him and booked him into the King County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $2,000 bail. Court documents say Wilson has a record including, in the past four years, cases of Criminal Trespass, Displaying a Weapon, Property Destruction, and Assault. When he was arrested, he was also wanted on a Renton warrant in a misdemeanor case of theft.

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